V/Line rail link returns

ALBURY’s V/Line link to Melbourne returned to a full train service last night.

That followed a decision to no longer run coaches between Broadmeadows and Southern Cross station.

A spokesman for Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said this came after clearance was given by the office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

The first full train services were yesterday’s 5.20pm from Albury to Southern Cross and the 6.02pm out of Melbourne.

Services have been affected since a Sydney-bound XPT train derailed three kilometres from Southern Cross on July 11.

About 180 passengers, including many from the Border, were on the train when two carriages left the track.

Coaches for the Broadmeadows to Southern Cross stretch have been in place since July 15.

These are expected to continue for XPT services until further notice.

Mr Mulder said the return of a full train service following detailed safety-related checks was “great news” for the North East.